Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: “Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country” (short fiction, 224 pages) which is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press in May, 2017; “The Albino Album,” a novel, (550 pages) Seven Stories Press, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind” full-length fiction (Fly by Night Press, 2009). The Second Edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013.

Woods was the recipient of the 2013 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist (second nomination) for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Cleaver Magazine, and Jadaliyya. Woods was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors, and is currently completing her third work of full-length fiction.

Woods has presented lectures and conducted workshops  on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

Her book release party in NYC is on May 21st, 2017. Learn more here.

The books she mentioned reading in the interview are Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews.
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  1. […] Chavisa Woods’ most recent book, due out in May, is titled Things to do When You’re Goth in the Country. The work dives into, among other things, the feeling of being out of place even in the very place you come from. Woods deftly explores questions around potential through the eyes of some characters. A young student who dreams of becoming a film director but is reminded by an Army recruiter at his school that this is a distant possibility for a young man from such a poor farming community. She toys with the notion of the Army tag line, “be all you can be” saying “this is all you can do is often what they are telling kids in these areas.” Woods isn’t afraid to create “very strange, very alienating” characters and to look honestly at relationships that are often quite dark. Woods received the 2013 Cobalt Prize for fiction. […]